IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016

The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) is an international organization working in the field of nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. It is involved in data gathering and analysis, research, field projects, advocacy, lobbying and education. IUCN’s mission is to “influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.”

Over the past decades, IUCN has widened its focus beyond conservation ecology and now incorporates issues related to gender equalitypoverty alleviation and sustainable business in its projects. Unlike other international NGOs, IUCN does not itself aim to mobilize the public in support of nature conservation. It tries to influence the actions of governments, business and other stakeholders by providing information and advice, and through lobbying and partnerships. The organization is best known to the wider public for compiling and publishing the IUCN Red List, which assesses the conservation status of species worldwide.

IUCN has a membership of over 1200 governmental and non-governmental organizations. Some 11,000 scientists and experts participate in the work of IUCN commissions on a voluntary basis. It employs approximately 1000 full-time staff in more than 60 countries. Its headquarters are in Gland, Switzerland.

For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Union_for_Conservation_of_Nature

 

About the IUCN Congress

The Congress is the world’s largest environmental and nature conservation event.

The Congress is the highest decision-making body of IUCN and instrumental in setting the direction of conservation efforts.
The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 will be the largest gathering of environmental policy-makers since the Paris climate agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals in New York – a major opportunity to start deciding how to put those deals into action.
6,000 delegates from around the globe, including representatives of 170 governments, leading scientists, NGOs, indigenous peoples and business will convene to take part in the biggest networking opportunity in the environmental sector.
The Congress will bring together top professionals from all regions and expertise to share knowledge on how our natural environment should be managed for the continued well-being of humanity and all life on Earth.
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The Congress history

  • Since 1948, the IUCN World Conservation Congress has been held every 2-4 years in all corners of the world
  • Past IUCN Congresses have been important in building consensus that have led to CITES, CBD and Ramsar Convention.
  • IUCN Congresses have also identified issues ahead of their time e.g. warning about the impact of insecticides in the 1950s; discussing impacts of climate change in the 1960s; and advocating ‘sustainable development’ in the 1970s

The Congress theme – planet at the crossroads – frames the debate between meeting the immediate needs of human civilization and the long-term impacts doing so may have on the planet’s capacity to support life.

For more: http://iucnworldconservationcongress.org/

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The Speakers

Some of the key speakers at Congress include:

International organisations and conventions

Complete List of Speaks at Congress: http://iucnworldconservationcongress.org/programa/speakers

Congress Schedule of Events: http://www.iucnworldconservationcongress.org/programme/schedule-events

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IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016
September 1 – 10, 2016
Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i
Hawai’i Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i

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  1. WH

    Wednesday, August 31, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:20 AM
    President Obama departs the White House
    South Lawn

    10:35 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route to Nevada

    10:35 AM
    President Obama arrives Lake Tahoe, Nevada
    Reno-Tahoe International Airport

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at The 20th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit
    Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, Stateline, NV

    6:00 PM
    6:30 PM
    President Obama departs Nevada en route to Honolulu, Hawaii
    Reno-Tahoe International Airport

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM
    11:50 PM
    President Obama arrives Honolulu, Hawaii
    Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

    President Obama over nights in Honolulu, Hawaii

  2. IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) is an international organization working in the field of nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. It is involved in data gathering and analysis, research, field projects, advocacy, lobbying and education. IUCN’s mission is to “influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.”

    Over the past decades, IUCN has widened its focus beyond conservation ecology and now incorporates issues related to gender equality, poverty alleviation and sustainable business in its projects. Unlike other international NGOs, IUCN does not itself aim to mobilize the public in support of nature conservation. It tries to influence the actions of governments, business and other stakeholders by providing information and advice, and through lobbying and partnerships. The organization is best known to the wider public for compiling and publishing the IUCN Red List, which assesses the conservation status of species worldwide.

    IUCN has a membership of over 1200 governmental and non-governmental organizations. Some 11,000 scientists and experts participate in the work of IUCN commissions on a voluntary basis. It employs approximately 1000 full-time staff in more than 60 countries. Its headquarters are in Gland, Switzerland.

    For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Union_for_Conservation_of_Nature

    • President Obama Travel Itinerary

      Thursday, September 1, 2016
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      President Obama delivers remarks at the Pacific Island Conference of Leaders and the IUCN World Conservation Congress
      Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i

      President Obama travels to Midway Atoll, Pacific Ocean

      President Obama arrives Midway Atoll, Pacific Ocean

      President Obama delivers remarks on the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
      Midway Atoll, Pacific Ocean

      President Obama departs Midway Atoll, Pacific Ocean

      President Obama returns to Honolulu, Hawaii

      President Obama over nights in Honolulu, Hawaii

      • September 01, 2016

        Remarks by the President to Leaders from the Pacific Island Conference of Leaders and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress

        East-West Center

        Honolulu, Hawaii

        6:37 P.M. HST

        THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you. Everybody, please have a seat. Well, welcome to Hawaii. (Laughter.)

        AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Aloha!

        THE PRESIDENT: Aloha! (Laughter.) You know, it’s not often I get to welcome folks to my home state. (Applause.) But it’s always wonderful to be here, even if it’s only for a day. It’s even rarer that not one but two hurricanes are set to pass through the islands over the next few days. So we’ve been working with the Governor and FEMA to make sure Hawaii’s got everything it needs to keep our folks safe. And, in the meantime, I’d just ask the people of Hawaii to listen to your state and local officials, and make sure you and your families are prepared for the storms. But the Governor says he’s got it all taken care of. He’s pushing them all south. (Laughter.)

        I want to thank East-West Center President, Charles Morrison, for hosting all of us this evening. I want to recognize, in addition to the Governor, we also have Senator Brian Schultz — Schatz here. Where is Brian? There he is. (Applause.) I want to thank the 8,000 delegates from more than 180 countries who will share their expertise here at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, including President Zhang Xinsheng and Director General Andersen. To the world leaders and ministers who are here from the Pacific Island Conference of Leaders, thank you for joining us tonight. And I know many of you will be in Washington next month when Secretary Kerry hosts our 2016 Our Oceans Conference.

        But today, the United States is proud to host the IUCN Congress for the first time. I just came here from another beautiful place — Lake Tahoe, Nevada. And in my address there I talked about climate change and conservation, and how those two things are inextricably linked. Few people understand, I think, the stakes better than our Pacific Island leaders, because they’re seeing already the impact. Rising temperatures and sea levels pose an existential threat to your countries. And while some members of the U.S. Congress still seem to be debating whether climate change is real or not, many of you are already planning for new places for your people to live. Crops are withering in the Marshall Islands. Kiribati bought land in another country because theirs may someday be submerged. High seas forced villagers from their homes in Fiji.

        And no nation, not even one as powerful as the United States, is immune from a changing climate. I saw it myself last year in our northernmost state of Alaska, where the sea is already swallowing villages and eating away at shorelines; where the permafrost thaws and the tundra is burning; where glaciers are melting at a pace unprecedented in modern times. And it was a preview of our future if the climate keeps changing faster than our efforts to address it.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/01/remarks-president-leaders-pacific-island-conference-leaders-and

      • September 01, 2016

        Remarks by the President at the Designation of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

        Turtle Beach
        Midway Atoll

        12:32 P.M. SST

        THE PRESIDENT: Well, let me start by saying that this is hallowed ground. As I said before, the Battle of Midway was a turning point in the battle for the Pacific and World War II. An incredible number of young men lost their lives here protecting our freedom. And for us to be able to visit this monument and remind ourselves of the sailors and airmen and everyone involved who were able to rebuff a Japanese force that vastly outnumbered them is a testament to their courage and their perseverance.

        It is also spectacular as an ecosystem. And our ability to not just designate, but build on, this incredible natural beauty, which is home to 7,000 marine species that sees millions of birds, many of them endangered, sea turtles, the Hawaiian monk seal, black coral — all sorts of species that in many other places we no longer see — for us to be able to extend that 550,000 miles in the way that we’ve done ensures not only that the Midway Atoll is protected, but that the entire ecosystem will continue to generate the kind of biodiversity. It allows us to study and research and understand our oceans better than we ever have before.

        It’s also critically important for us to examine the effects that climate change are taking here in the Pacific Ocean, the world’s largest body of water. And as I said yesterday, there are countries that now are at risk and may have to move as a consequence of climate change. There are enormous effects on the human presence in the ocean that creatures are having to adapt to and, in some cases, cannot adapt to.

        And so for us to be able to protect and preserve this national monument, to extend it, and, most importantly, to interact with native Hawaiians and other stakeholders so that the way we protect and manage this facility is consistent with ancient traditions and the best science available — this is going to be a precious resource for generations to come. And it’s an example of the kind of visionary conservation measures that, although I’m the one who ultimately signs it, reflects the work of a lot of people and a lot of organizations and a lot of participation.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/01/remarks-president-designation-papahanaumokuakea-marine-national-monument

  3. ADP Employment Report

    Released On 8/31/2016 8:15:00 AM For Aug, 2016

    Prior Prior Revised Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    ADP employment 179,000 194,000 175,000 145,000 to 190,000 177,000

    Highlights
    August has been another good month for the U.S. labor market based on ADP’s 177,000 estimate for Friday’s private payrolls. This would be a bit lower than the 194,000 revised ADP estimate for July but still more than enough for strong August growth. Private payrolls in Friday’s report from the government are expected to rise 179,000 following July’s actual rise of 217,000.

    Source: http://www.econoday.com/economic-calendar.aspx

  4. August 31, 2016

    Remarks by the President at the 20th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit

    Lake Tahoe, Nevada

    2:26 P.M. PDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Tahoe! This is really nice. I will be coming here more often. (Applause.) My transportation won’t be as nice — (laughter) — but I’ll be able to spend a little more time here.

    First of all, I want to thank Harry Reid. (Applause.) And because he’s a captive audience, he doesn’t usually like people talking about him, but he’s stuck here, and so I’m going to talk about him for a second.

    Harry grew up in a town that didn’t have much. No high school, no doctor’s office. Searchlight sure didn’t have much grass to mow or many trees to climb. It didn’t look like this. So when Harry discovered a lush desert oasis down the road called Piute Spring, he fell in love. And when Harry met Landra, the love of his life, he couldn’t wait to take her there. But when he got to the green spring that Harry remembered, he was devastated to see that the place had been trashed. And that day, Harry became an environmentalist — and he’s been working hard ever since to preserve the natural gifts of Nevada and these United States of America. (Applause.)

    So Harry has protected fish and wildlife across the state. He helped to end a century-old water war. He created Nevada’s first and only national park. Right after I took office, the very first act Harry’s Senate passed was one of the most important conservation efforts in a generation. We protected more than 2 million acres of wilderness and thousands of miles of trails and rivers. That was because of Harry Reid. (Applause.) Last summer, thanks to Harry Reid’s leadership, we protected more than 700,000 acres of mountains and valleys right here in Nevada, establishing the Basin and Range National Monument.

    Two decades ago, the senator from Searchlight trained a national spotlight right here, on Lake Tahoe. And as he prepares to ride off into the sunset — although I don’t want him getting on a horse — (laughter) — this 20th anniversary summit proves that the light Harry lit shines as bright as ever.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/08/31/remarks-president-20th-annual-lake-tahoe-summit

    * 8/31/16 FACT SHEET: At Lake Tahoe Summit, Obama Administration Underscores the Importance of Strong Partnerships and Innovation in Tackling our Shared Climate and Conservation Challenges

  5. WH

    Thursday, September 1, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends the opening ceremony of The Pacific Island Conference of Leaders and the IUCN World Conservation Congress
    Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i

    President Obama attends the Pacific Island Conference of Leaders and the IUCN World Conservation Congress
    Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i

    12:00 AM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks at the Pacific Island Conference of Leaders and the IUCN World Conservation Congress
    Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i

    1:00 AM
    3:00 AM
    4:00 AM
    5:00 AM
    6:00 AM
    7:00 AM
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    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:50 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a Discussion with Howard University Students
    Howard University
    Washington, D.C.

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    3:35 PM
    President Obama travels to Midway Atoll, Pacific Ocean

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    6:40 PM
    President Obama arrives Midway Atoll, Pacific Ocean
    Henderson Field, Midway Atoll, Pacific Ocean

    6:55 PM
    President Obama receives a briefing on the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
    Fish and Wildlife Service Office, Midway Atoll

    7:00 PM
    7:20 PM
    President Obama takes a tour of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
    Midway Atoll, Pacific Ocean

    7:40 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks on the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
    Turtle Beach, Midway Atoll, Pacific Ocean

    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM
    President Obama departs Midway Atoll, Pacific Ocean

    President Obama returns to Honolulu, Hawaii

    President Obama over nights in Honolulu, Hawaii

  6. Challenger Job-Cut Report

    Released On 9/1/2016 7:30:00 AM For Aug, 2016

    Prior Actual
    Announced Layoffs – Level 45,346 32,188

    Highlights
    Jobless claims are very low as have been layoff announcements, at only 32,188 in August and among the lowest readings of the recovery. Computer jobs are at the top of August’s layoff list followed by industrial goods and entertainment & leisure. Automotive, retail and construction had only a handful of layoff announcements. Today’s results are another indication of health in the labor market ahead of tomorrow’s employment report for August.

    For more: http://www.econoday.com/economic-calendar.aspx

  7. Jobless Claims

    Released On 9/1/2016 8:30:00 AM For wk8/27, 2016

    Prior Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    New Claims – Level 261 K 265 K 263 K to 287 K 263 K
    4-week Moving Average – Level 264.00 K 263.00 K
    New Claims – Change -1 K 2 K

    Highlights
    Jobless claims are steady at historically low levels in further confirmation of the strength of the U.S. labor market. Initial claims edged only 2,000 higher in the August 27 week to 263,000 which is also the level of the 4-week average.

    Continuing claims are likewise steady and very low, up 14,000 in lagging data for the August 20 week to 2.159 million with the 4-week average up 5,000 to 2.160 million. The unemployment rate for insured workers is unchanged at a near record low of 1.6 percent.

    For more: http://www.econoday.com/economic-calendar.aspx

  8. September 01, 2016

    Remarks by The First Lady, Nick Cannon and Seth Meyers in a Discussion with Howard University Students

    Howard University
    Washington, D.C.

    12:50 P.M. EDT

    MR. MEYERS: How are you guys doing today? You all look fantastic. I really appreciate this. So I want to bring out who’s joining me, our guests today. And what we did is we took all the names of every Howard freshman and we randomly drew one, and it just turned out to be Nick Cannon. (Laughter.) Give it up. (Applause.)

    You ready to do this?

    MR. CANNON: Let’s do it. You all ready? (Applause.) You guys are overdressed. (Laughter.) My bad.

    MR. MEYERS: This is great. It’s great to be out here with you. But I feel like — should we bring one more person out?

    MR. CANNON: We got to, man.

    MR. MEYERS: Okay. Everybody, give it up for the First Lady. (Applause.) Wow. I have to be honest, I do not usually get standing ovations like that. Thank you.

    MR. CANNON: You all knew Nick Cannon didn’t have no Secret Service. (Laughter.)

    MRS. OBAMA: You were a good decoy.

    MR. CANNON: Yes.

    MR. MEYERS: Very, very good decoy.

    MRS. OBAMA: You guys surprised? (Applause.)

    MR. MEYERS: Well, I want to get started. I want to ask you guys some questions. Mrs. Obama, I’m going to start from you and ask, what did you gain from your college experience? And then, Nick, what do you hope to gain for you upcoming college experience.

    But we’ll start with you.

    MRS. OBAMA: You know, what can I — college was probably the most impactful thing that I have done in my life other than being the First Lady and having kids and marrying Barack Obama. (Laughter and applause.) But college did everything for me. I mean, it built my confidence, number one. It taught me that I could leave home and be successful away from home. It taught me how to open up, how to try new things that are scary, how to buck expectations and beat the odds, and all that good stuff.

    So, I mean, this is one of the reasons why we promote Reach Higher and getting kids to own their future and go to college, if possible, because it changes your life. It just opens up a world of opportunity. And I hope that that is true for each and every one of you as you start — many of you are starting your college careers here at Howard. Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar, all right? (Applause.)

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/01/remarks-first-lady-nick-cannon-and-seth-meyers-discussion-howard

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